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Kelly downplays snap counts, says QB competition’s open

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Eagles players, including Michael Vick himself, may think the starting quarterback job is Vick’s to lose.

But Eagles coach Chip Kelly downplayed any suggestion there’s a clear favorite at this point, and did nothing to diminish the possibility that rookie Matt Barkley is firmly in the mix with Vick and Nick Foles.

Asked about Vick getting most of the practice reps with the ones, Kelly quickly asserted the depth chart wasn’t so fixed at the moment.

“He hasn’t,” Kelly said, via Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com. “Someone charted them, I would imagine. He and Nick switched to different groups, so that’s what we did.

“I mean, it could have been 48 to 52 [percent], but we’ll count them up. Again, it’s May 13. We’re just trying to get reps off and trying to get film and look at it. To your original question, ‘What would I make of it?’ It’s May 13 and we’ve got a long ways to go before we ever set a depth chart or do anything like that.”

The longer it remains an open competition — and there’s no indication Kelly intends to call it too soon — the longer Barkley will have a real chance.

Barkley said last week he was there to compete for the starting job, and Kelly clearly didn’t do anything to diminish that.

“I would hope anybody that came into this place isn’t sitting here and saying, ‘I think I’m going to be a really good, solid backup,’” Kelly said, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “I want guys to come in here and show us everything that they can do, and our job as a coaching staff is to put the best guys on the field the first game against Washington.

“If that’s Matt, that’s Matt, so we’ll see how that goes. But if anybody came in here and said they were really vying for a backup job, then they would probably be on the bus down [Interstate] 95 pretty quick.”

Among the many changes Kelly’s bringing to the Eagles, he’s clearly trying to foster competition, and he’s doing it from the top down.

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15 Responses to “Kelly downplays snap counts, says QB competition’s open”
  1. pjcostello says: May 14, 2013 8:38 AM

    You have to like the plain-speaking Kelly’s style, if nothing else. One day it may get him in trouble, but as a sea change from the Andy Reid era it’s certainly welcome.

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 14, 2013 8:51 AM

    After this season, I look for Chip Kelly to be the one heading down 95. If anyone thinks Barkely is going to start over Vick, they’re clueless. But we are talkin’ about Eagle fans….

    Cue up the haters. Do what you do.

  3. floratiotime says: May 14, 2013 9:06 AM

    Chip Kelly is starting to rival RG3 and Tebow in press coverage.

  4. qdog112 says: May 14, 2013 9:08 AM

    Dennis Dixon may be better than Barkley and Foles and in the end might help put Foles on the trading block.

    Logic would say that Kelly rides with Vick or Dixon, but because Barkley was drafted, he is in the mix, at least publicly.

  5. robbietheus says: May 14, 2013 9:58 AM

    I’m sick of Vick. I can’t stomach another season like last year. Cheering as the Eagles drive down the field inside the opponents 20 just to turn the ball over.

  6. delsj says: May 14, 2013 10:01 AM

    dallascowboysdouchingthereal: “Cue up the haters” Really? You are the hate. Go finish defiling your Tony Romo poster.

  7. immafubared says: May 14, 2013 10:14 AM

    I just wonder how the Ram adult pro’s actually take to the rah rah rah stuff of a Chip Kelly???

    I remember years ago the Vikes had a terrible year and made Les Steckel – former marine, and assistant coach, the head coach. Good ol Les put in place one of the most grueling Summer practices the team ever faced. The problem was, by the time the season started, the team wasn’t in fantastic shape, they were totally beat up from the Summer heat and two or three a days. They got there asses kicked that year and good bye Les.

    These new coaches need to understand the mindset of the pro players and that they for the most part know how to play the game.

  8. wsnygiantfan says: May 14, 2013 10:17 AM

    “But if anybody came in here and said they were really vying for a backup job, then they would probably be on the bus down [Interstate] 95 pretty quick.”
    Note he said down 95. That is towards Washington. He didn’t say up 95, i.e. NY.
    The Giants wouldn’t be looking for any Eagle castoffs, the Redskins probably would be.

  9. aaronmushrush says: May 14, 2013 10:37 AM

    Chip is being honest. Let’s look at the Iggles QBs. We have a very athletic QB in GJ Kinne who will be a great scout team QB because of that read option ability. Up next is Dennis Dixon. Someone who is here to expo the learning of Chips system. No offense but also would be a great guy to have a house on the main line for the year so if there is an injury we resign him. yes I think he is the odd man out. Barkley who, in my opinion was the most pro ready qb in this draft. despite that Kelly will be patient with him unless Barkley shows patience is not a need. pencil him in as the 3. then there is Nick Foles. Foles is the biggest ? mark of the 2012 draft class. is he a franchise qb or just a safe backup. not sure. I do know this tho, kid is smart. very smart. book smart. this means he doesn’t need all those hands on reps to get the system. then there’s mike…the Russian roulette of qbs. Mike is a hands on learner. he has to experience things to learn them. mike has struggled mightily to pick up systems in years past. chip knows this and so it is a must to feed mike reps because say what you will haters but no player is more fun to watch when he is playing well than MV7. when he is off it is pure torture watching him. chip knows his guys. plus it is only may 13. time’s yours.

  10. chipkellygreen says: May 14, 2013 11:27 AM

    wsnygiantfan says: May 14, 2013 10:17 AM

    Note he said down 95. That is towards Washington. He didn’t say up 95, i.e. NY.
    The Giants wouldn’t be looking for any Eagle castoffs, the Redskins probably would be.

    Yea the giants already signed enough eagles castoffs this year with cullen jenkins and mike patterson. But I guess they dont count Or more likely you just don’t know your own teams roster.

  11. controlledchaos123 says: May 14, 2013 12:32 PM

    wsnygiantfan says: May 14, 2013 10:17 AM

    Note he said down 95. That is towards Washington. He didn’t say up 95, i.e. NY.
    The Giants wouldn’t be looking for any Eagle castoffs, the Redskins probably would be.

    How’d Shawn Andrews work out for you?

  12. eagleseagleseagles says: May 14, 2013 12:53 PM

    Here’s whats gonna happen. Vicks gonna start and hopefully he thrives in the scheme but if he starts sucking/gets hurt, Foles will come in. Foles will probably do a good job and win a couple games but won’t show us anything to show that he’s a franchise QB. Also Vicks probably gonna be gone after this year unless he has a pro bowl year.

    I don’t know whether or not Matt Barkley can be a franchise QB but lets just hope he is. Def has the intangible qualities you look for in a Franchise QB. Extremely confident, great leadership qualities, resilience in coming back from injury, plays with a chip on his shoulder, and is a proven winner.

    I guess im on the Barkley train. #Barkley2014

  13. captainwisdom8888 says: May 14, 2013 12:55 PM

    I was sincerely frightened about the prospect of my Eagles becoming the cellar-dwellers of the NFC East…rebuilding years seemed imminent.

    I don’t feel that way any more thanks to Chip Kelly. He hasnt accomplished anything as an NFL head coach YET…but I get a feeling this guy is going to be around for quite some time. I’ve always felt that we have extremely dynamic weapons on offense that simply aren’t utilized to their utmost potential and effectiveness.

  14. duckfootballrules says: May 14, 2013 3:33 PM

    If anybody thinks Chip Kelly isn’t serious about this, they don’t know Chip Kelly! One of his greatest attributes is that he knows how to raise the effort level of the entire organization: By forcing people to give a maximum effort. No prima dona’s on a Chip Kelly team! I miss that guy so much…

    ‘A mourning Oregon fan.’

  15. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 16, 2013 10:58 PM

    @duckfootballrules
    ________________________________

    Don’t worry Chip will be back to Oregon sooner than you think.

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